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As a dominion of the British Empire, Canada joined World War I when the United Kingdom declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914. In the ensuing months, numerous volunteers joined the ranks of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and headed to the Western Front. During the war, these troops fought in key battles at Ypres and the Somme, securing important victories for the Allies and keeping the Germans from advancing further into France. When the Hundred Days Offensive began in August 1918, Canadian troops helped capture several cities in northern France. Hostilities ended on November 11, 1918, when Germany signed the armistice. The formal treaty to end the war was signed in Versailles, France, in June 1919.

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Fold3, World War I (/collection/world-war-i-canada : accessed January 24, 2021), database and images,

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